Samantha Fordwood, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist (PSY 22714)
870 Market Street, Suite 845
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-963-3554

DBT Skills Groups

I AM CLOSING MY PRIVATE PRACTICE AS OF OCTOBER 2019 AS I WILL BE JOINING THE DBT-A TEAM AT UCSF. I am no longer accepting any individual or skills class clients.

Teen/ Early 20s DBT Skills Group - Wednesdays 4pm to 5:45pm  - CLOSED

The Teen/ Early 20s DBT Skills Group is a weekly skills training group for youth in their late teens and early 20s.
There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in the group; however, each potential member will have an initial evaluation to determine whether or not the group is an appropriate fit. Dr. Fordwood adheres closely to the DBT skills curriculum as outlined by the developer of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan, and of Drs. Alec Miller and Jill Rathus who adapted DBT for adolescents.

Participants in the Teen/ Early 20s DBT Skills Group learn the following skills:
  • Mindfulness (awareness, attentional control, and balance between reason and emotion)
  • Emotion Regulation (accurately identify and label emotional experiences, regulate difficult and   painful emotions, and build a life worth living)
  • Distress Tolerance (get through an emotional crisis without making things worse)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (interact with others effectively, be more assertive, and build and maintain relationships)
  • Middle Path (dialectics, validation, self-validation, and behaviorism)

Each skills module is six weeks long and consists of one week of mindfulness and five weeks of one of the skills modules (emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, or middle path skills). It takes 24 weeks to complete the full course of DBT skills.

Conceptual knowledge of these skills is not enough to create life changes. Therefore, group leaders assign weekly homework so that group members may practice these skills throughout the week and eventually learn to integrate these skills into their lives in effective ways.

While the group material is designed to provide participants with skills to help regulate their emotions and make changes in their lives, it is not a substitute for individual therapy.  Ideally the client will acquire the skills in the DBT group, and then learn how to integrate these skills in a meaningful way into his/her life in individual sessions. Participants in the DBT skills group must be in concurrent weekly individual therapy.  The individual therapy does not have to be with a DBT therapist.

Cost:  $80 per group, with payment for each skills module (6 weeks) due at the beginning of the module. Receipts will be provided at the end of each module.

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